Poul Rovsing Olsen

Danish composer and ethnomusicologist Poul Rovsing Olsen was born on 4 November 1922 in Copenhagen. He studied with Knud Jeppesen, Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen.

His output as a composer, embracing chamber music, opera, orchestral works, piano music and songs, was influenced first by Bartók, Nielsen and Stravinsky, and then came a period where he used serialism. His later music showed the influence of his ethnomusicological work in Bahrain and the Persian Gulf, and also Greenland.

Poul Rovsing Olsen died on 2 July 1982, aged fifty-nine.


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